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that we have not seen -- well no former pope has ever resigned and been driven out of vatican city. it was 600 years ago the last time that someone voluntarily gave this up position and so much has been said about this choice. initially there was even criticism that, you know, a pope should not step down, this pope has shown what many regard as tremendous humility in his decision to resort to prayer and to meditation, and to go up to the mountain, as he says, god has called him to do, to spend the rest of his life in contemplation and in prayer, and there he goes, bill. bill: there is a schedule that we've been given and they are sticking to the minute. he will now depart by way of helicopter, and then it's 5:00 in the afternoon in italy, and around 2:00 our time, once he is south of rome, the doors of the palat pa palatso will close and the guards go off-duty because their service protect being the head of the catholic church will be over, at least for the time being. this is going to play out now and over the next three hours as we watch the images come in. martha: there are few
're with us. i'm jenna lee. pope benedict xvi citing his declining health for this decision. the vatican says there is nothing mysterious or grave they quote. but the pope benedict xvi brother told a german newspaper that the pope had difficulty walking. just one report but something to take into consideration here. the 85-year-old pontiff will resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as pope. he was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005. we're getting new reaction to the announcement from around the world and across the united states. the united states home to 68 million catholics, about 1/5 of the country, including reaction from one church leader elevated to cardinal by the pope last february. >> my affection and for and ad mir vision -- admiration for pope ben benedict xvi. i love him so much, as the bish shop of roam who appointed me to you all. to the holy father who made me a cardinal. i just always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. i'm in admiration for him is even higher because of his you humility. jenna: mr. anderson just had a private meeting
the vatican on the day the pope resigns for first time in 600 years? martha: has larger meaning. call me crazy. i think nothing happens by accident. that is a striking image, isn't it? it is a striking image and it could be a powerful image. "happening now" starts right now. bill and i will be back here tomorrow. >> brand new stories and breaking news. jon: north korea's nuclear move. a bomb test puts its one step closer to attaching a nuke to a missile aimed at u.s. mainland. reaction from the white house and around the world. the president is gearing up for his fourth state of the union address. what's in it? plus the republican's response from the parity's rising star. will he knock it out of the park? >>> new developments in the massive manhunt for the ex-cop wanted for murder. why police think he could have had help escaping and where chris dorner might have gone. it is all "happening now" jon: fallout from north north korea's test. arthel: i'm arthel neville in for jenna lee. after the north announced it successfully detonate ad nuclear bomb with quote, great explosive power, reportedly
. these are live pictures out of the vatican. pope benedict i believe -- not visible in this shot. pope benedict is making his first public appearances since announcing his resignation. he's celebrating ash wednesday mass at st. peters basilica. earlier the pontiff addressed an audience of thousands, reassuring him that his decision to step down is for the good of the church. studio b and fox report anchor shepard smith is live in rome. shepard it's my understanding we now know when the college of cardinals will be meeting to choose the new pope. >> reporter: we do indeed, jon the middle of march, march 15th is the date where the 116, 17 or so minus those who are over 80 years old will come together and begin the process, a time-honored tradition. we learned a lot today, really, jon besides when the conclave will begin. we've learned about this pope's final day. of course that is 15 days from today on february the 28th. he'll attend a morning ceremony at the vatican with all of his cardinals and then fly off by helicopter at 5:00 rome time in the afternoon. he normally completes his day at 8:00p
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